Hudson River Lighthouses

The are many beautiful ladies that light the way for wary travelers along the Hudson….the Hudson River is one of the most important commercial and recreational rivers in America. Hundreds of cargo ships traverse its waters and thousands of pleasure craft wander up it.

The Hudson serves as the primary commercial artery between the Port of New York and the regions upstate. Through the years, all of the activity and industrial momentum would have ground to a halt except for the lonely sentinels of the Hudson River marking the way and warning shipping of the hazards and channels. The many lighthouses of the river have protected shipping ensuring safe passage and delivery of both goods and people to their destinations.

Over the centuries, many lighthouses have come and gone, thru fire and flood, thru storm and accident, the lighthouses have stood their ground, sending their beacons to guide the ships plying the waters of the Hudson.

Now, only seven of these sentinels remain on the river. Sea Turtle and her crew were fortunate to pass three of them today!

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Roundout Creek Lighthouse

The lighthouse, which is the newest on the Hudson, was placed in operation on August 25, 1915. The lighthouse’s fixed red light was produced by a fourth-order Fresnel lens that had a focal plane of fifty-two feet, while its fog signal consisted of a 1,000-pound bell struck by a clockwork mechanism.

The foundation of the lighthouse consists of a reinforced concrete pier situated inside a steel sheet cofferdam and resting on wooden piles driven into the river bottom. Built of vitrified brick backed with hollow tile, the lighthouse consists of a square tower attached to a rectangular, two-story dwelling. The first floor of the lighthouse originally consisted of a sitting room, dining room, kitchen, and a large pantry, while three bedrooms and a bathroom were found on the second floor.

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Hudson-Athens Lighthouse through a rainy windshield!

The Hudson–Athens lighthouse, sometimes called the Hudson City light, is a lighthouse located in the Hudson River in the state of New York in the United States. The light is located between Hudson and Athens, closer to the Hudson side. Constructed in 1874, it marks a sandy ridge known as Middle Ground Flats and also acts as a general aid to navigation of the river. The station is built on a granite caisson with a unique shape designed to protect it from ice floes and river debris. The dwelling is constructed in the Second Empire architectural style, with a mansard roof. It is considered to be virtually a twin of the Stepping Stones Light in Long Island Sound, which was constructed just a few years later.

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Saugerties Lighthouse

A landmark beacon on the Hudson River, the Saugerties Lighthouse is a venerable aid to navigation, constructed in 1869 at the mouth of the Esopus Creek. This majestic beauty was established in 1835 and rebuilt in 1854 and 1869. Today is has been lovingly restored and is being run as a bed and breakfast!

Lighthouse histories found here:
http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=679
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson%E2%80%93Athens_lighthouse
http://www.saugertieslighthouse.com/history/

 

 

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